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Kristina Carssow

Kristina Carssow (TX '11)


Connally High School
Austin, TX

Subject(s) taught: English/Language, Social Studies, Art
Grade(s): 9

At the time of the Award, Kristina Carssow was:

Connally High School
Austin, TX

Subject(s) taught: English/Language, Social Studies, Art
Grade(s): 9

Biographical Information

During her 12 years in education, Mrs. Carssow has taught middle and high school social studies, been a Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) master teacher, an English Language Arts and social studies instructional coach, and for the past two years a middle school assistant principal. As a teacher, Mrs. Carssow focused on incorporating novels into social studies instruction. She oversaw the development of an interdisciplinary unit, "Highway across Africa," which included five content areas and involved student presentations to a panel of judges from the school and community, and was the lead teacher for Connally High School's Freshman Academy.

As a TAP master teacher and instructional coach at John B. Connally High School in Pflugerville ISD, Mrs. Carssow field tested research-based instructional strategies and led weekly professional development for teachers. As an assistant principal at Dessau Middle School for the past two years, she has assisted in the school's focus on instruction by overseeing the social studies and ELA departments. She has also guided schoolwide intervention, which has focused on closing achievement gaps. As a result the middle school earned 6 of 7 statewide distinctions in its accountability system in the 2015-16 school year.

Carssow won the Milken Educator Award in 2011 while teaching at John B. Connally High School in Pflugerville.

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Kristina Carssow In The News

2012 TOP STORIES: Connally teacher receives Milken award, $25,000 prize
Pflugerville Pflag  |  Dec 31 , 2012  |  Pflugerville, TX

Milken award goes to Connally teacher
The Pflugerville Pflag  |  Feb 17 , 2012  |  Pflugerville, TX

Cool teacher wins a cool award
Austin American-Statesman  |  Feb 15 , 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville school district teacher wins $25,000 Milken prize
Austin American-Statesman  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville teacher receives $25,000 Valentine surprise
Texas Education Agency  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Austin, TX

Pflugerville teacher wins esteemed Milken Educator Award
Your News Now  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Austin, TX

Kristina Carssow of Connally High School in Austin Surprised With $25,000 National Milken Educator Award
Houston Chronicle  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Houston, TX

Teacher gets prestigious $25,000 award
KXAN  |  NBC  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Austin, TX

Connally teacher receives $25,000 national educators award
Community Impact Newspaper  |  Feb 14 , 2012  |  Pflugerville, TX

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